FAQ
Driver's License and State ID - Social Security Numbers
Who will see my Social Security number?

Concerted effort and planning has taken place to ensure this information is protected. It is important for the public to know that the Social Security numbers are not displayed or encoded on the driver's license. This information is limited to select individuals in government agencies as allowed by law, for the purpose of child support enforcement. Michigan complied with this federal mandate only after proper safeguards were in place to protect the personal privacy of state residents.

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Why is the Secretary of State collecting Social Security numbers?

Michigan law requires the Department of State to collect and verify Social Security numbers before issuing a driver's license or state identification card.

(Michigan Vehicle Code, 1949 PA 300, as amended by 1998 PA 330 and by 2008 PA 7; and State Identification Card Act, 1972 PA 222, as amended by 2008 PA 31.)

Social Security numbers are used for child support collection and to assist in establishing identity.

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Where can I get a Social Security card?

Social Security cards are issued by the Social Security Administration.  To apply for one:

  • call 1-800-772-1213, or
  • go to your local Social Security Office, or
  • visit SSA's Web site at www.ssa.gov

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What if I don't have a Social Security number?

If you are ineligible for a Social Security number, you must have a letter from the Social Security Administration documenting the reason.  Letters that are more than 30 days old will not be accepted.  All Social Security information will be verified.  If you fail to provide a valid Social Security number or provide proof demonstrating your ineligibility, your driver's license or state ID application cannot be processed.

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